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Top Secret by Sarina Bowen
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it was ok
bookshelves: lgbtqia, m-m, 2019, black-is-the-new-sheep

2.5 stars. Originally I rounded up because I liked some of it, especially in the beginning. But I can’t say I liked the book on the whole nor do I recommend it, so I've adjusted that.

Let’s just speak frankly about what we’re all thinking. The expectations were high for this one. And how does it compare to one of the most popular M/Ms ever? Hmm. Not favorably.

I was initially optimistic, because this writing duo definitely has some chops in the heat department, and those things were looking up. And there were some morsels included that gave the story personality, such as Keaton’s animal sex tidbits that he dropped from time to time.
SinnerThree: Okay, I’ll bite. How do lobsters find their playmates?
LobsterShorts: The female pees into the male’s shelter. And the dude is like OH BABY. Then they both pee on each other. She enters his den and molts. He kicks her clothes away like a prom dress. Then they do it missionary style.
SinnerThree: That’s a lot of detail, dude. I don’t know whether to be terrified or turned on.
But despite the potential, I never did feel a really strong connection between the MCs, and the story ended up seeming incomplete, somehow. Lots of elements were opened up but then either scantily developed or hastily resolved.

Sigh. I know we want to love them all, but there’s a little extra want when it’s something this highly (though briefly) anticipated. Unfortunately, for me this one didn’t quite deliver.
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Reading Progress

April 23, 2019 – Shelved
May 7, 2019 – Started Reading
May 7, 2019 – 0.0% "🤞 is a pretty accurate way to describe how I'm feeling going into this one."
May 8, 2019 – Finished Reading

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Shile Ok! Umm! i will maybe try to lower my expectations? 🤔Sorry for the disappointment Moony! Fab honest review. xx


message 2: by Xia Xia (new)

Xia Xia Lake Damn, so sorry it didn't reach the expectations :(


message 3: by Maria (new)

Maria Good review Moony. 🌙 🌖🌘🌙


Leyna The higher expactations the bigger disappointment :( Sorry,Moony :(


message 5: by Jan (new)

Jan  This sounds bad 😖 and after reading Gabi's review I'm thinking in give it a pass. Thanks for your thoughts, Moony! 😘


message 6: by Annery (new)

Annery Too bad. Maybe I’ll get to it later, but I’ll just take my time about. Hope you’re next read hits the sweet spot. 😘


message 7: by Elena (new)

Elena I'm sorry it was a disappointment, Moony. It's so hard for a book to meet expectations when you compare it to a favorite, even if you don't do it on purpose. :(
I hope the next one you read will be better. 😘😘


message 8: by Judith (new) - added it

Judith Well damn! I was undecided about this,you might have made my mind up x


Optimist ♰King's Wench♰ Oh bother, I'm a YUGE SB fangirl but this sounds like maybe they were trying rekindle some Him/Us magic & failed? Maybe?

BTW, how was the girlfriend sitch? IYO?


Moony Eliver Shile wrote: "Ok! Umm! i will maybe try to lower my expectations? 🤔Sorry for the disappointment Moony! Fab honest review. xx"

Low expectations might save it? 🤷‍♀️ Thanks, doll. I hope it works better for you. xx


Moony Eliver Xia Xia wrote: "Damn, so sorry it didn't reach the expectations :("

Thanks my sweets 😘😘


Moony Eliver Maria wrote: "Good review Moony. 🌙 🌖🌘🌙"

Thank you Maria! 🌚


Moony Eliver Leyna wrote: "The higher expactations the bigger disappointment :( Sorry,Moony :("

Isn't that the truth! Thanks, Leyna. :*


Moony Eliver Jan wrote: "This sounds bad 😖 and after reading Gabi's review I'm thinking in give it a pass. Thanks for your thoughts, Moony! 😘"

I wish I could say you'd be missing something... but clearly you had good instincts by not jumping into this one with me when I begged. 😅


Moony Eliver Annery wrote: "Too bad. Maybe I’ll get to it later, but I’ll just take my time about. Hope you’re next read hits the sweet spot. 😘"

Now if I could only figure out what that should be. 🧐 Thanks Annery!


Moony Eliver Elena wrote: "I'm sorry it was a disappointment, Moony. It's so hard for a book to meet expectations when you compare it to a favorite, even if you don't do it on purpose. :(
I hope the next one you read will be..."


Thanks, Ele! I hope so too, but the AE hangover struggle is reeeal 😫


Moony Eliver Judith wrote: "Well damn! I was undecided about this,you might have made my mind up x"

I dunno Jude, there are a whole lot of 5 stars out there for it already... but emperor's new clothes, for me. 🙈


Moony Eliver Optimist ♰King's Wench♰ wrote: "Oh bother, I'm a YUGE SB fangirl but this sounds like maybe they were trying rekindle some Him/Us magic & failed? Maybe?

BTW, how was the girlfriend sitch? IYO?"


There were some things that felt very... "Add Him elements, blend, dump, and spread." But in doing that, the magic fell apart.

The girlfriend thing was (view spoiler)


message 19: by Elena (new)

Elena Moony wrote: "I hope so too, but the AE hangover struggle is reeeal 😫"

Tell me about it. :(


Optimist ♰King's Wench♰ Moony wrote: "Optimist ♰King's Wench♰ wrote: "Oh bother, I'm a YUGE SB fangirl but this sounds like maybe they were trying rekindle some Him/Us magic & failed? Maybe?

BTW, how was the girlfriend sitch? IYO?"

T..."


Yes, it did! Thank you.

I have a sad that this wasn't amazeballs but such is life. Hope your next read is incredible. x


message 21: by Judith (new) - added it

Judith Moony wrote: "Judith wrote: "Well damn! I was undecided about this,you might have made my mind up x"

I dunno Jude, there are a whole lot of 5 stars out there for it already... but emperor's new clothes, for me. 🙈"


I get you.Got the sample and got irritated very early on.(not worth buying,that's for sure)


Hollis lower expectations for the wiiiin. you know my feels but loved reading yours. fabulous review as always, Moons. x


Moony Eliver Hollis wrote: "lower expectations for the wiiiin. you know my feels but loved reading yours. fabulous review as always, Moons. x"

Not sure if even lower expectations would have done the trick here. 😖 Sorry it didn't work better for you, either!


Moony Eliver ♆Hayley (TheVillainousReader) wrote: "Boo"

Yes, boo. 😔


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